Yankee Pot Roast

homemade pot roast
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 3 hrs
Total: 3 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
690 Calories
30g Fat
24g Carbs
78g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 690
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 229mg 76%
Sodium 577mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 78g
Calcium 92mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A variety of vegetables add flavor to this great-tasting Yankee pot roast. The pot roast is slowly simmered to perfection with potatoes, carrots, and diced rutabaga. It's a classic meal you can enjoy any time of the year.

The red wine adds flavor to the liquids, but you may decrease the amount of wine or leave it out altogether.


  • 4 to 5 pounds beef roast
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup beef broth (low sodium)
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine (or more beef broth)
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup diced rutabaga or turnip
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 pound potatoes (cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 1/4 cup sliced celery with leaves
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley

Steps to Make It

  1. In a Dutch oven or heavy kettle, brown meat on all sides in hot shortening. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the beef broth, wine (if using), and chopped onion. Cover and simmer for 2 to 3 hours.

  2. Add the rutabaga, carrots, potatoes, and celery; simmer for 30 minutes longer, or until vegetables are tender.

  3. Remove the meat and vegetables to a platter and keep warm.

  4. In a small bowl combine 3 tablespoons of water with 2 tablespoons of flour; stir until smooth. Place the liquids back over medium heat and stir in the flour paste. Cook, stirring, until thickened.

  5. Taste and season as needed with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.  

  6. Stir the parsley into the liquids.

  7. Serve the meat and vegetables with the thickened gravy.